Lead Scientist / Senior Scientist, Polymer-Organic Chemist

3.9 Zymergen – Emeryville, CA 9 days ago
$46k-$67k(Glassdoor est.)

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Founded in 2013 and based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Zymergen is a technology company unlocking the power of biology. We deliver better economics for products made from biology that are used across industries, bring new products to market faster, and develop novel products. Our proprietary platform uses robots and machine learning to engineer microbes faster, more predictably, and to a level of performance previously unattainable. These microbes, and the products they produce, have broad applications across industries such as chemicals and materials, agriculture, and healthcare. For more information visit www.zymergen.com.

Job Description

Zymergen is looking for a scientist with training and experience in polymer synthesis and small molecule organic transformations to lead our synthesis team within the discovery research group. The Lead Scientist role will support the Products team by overseeing internal chemistry activities, engaging external research contractors, and interacting with our externally facing business and application development team, all toward driving new and ongoing materials development. The ideal candidate has a strong technical background in polymer chemistry with experience leading materials R&D projects and line management for chemical synthesis.

Immediate Activities Include
  • Lead the development of materials R&D directions from a synthesis perspective
  • Develop and implement a continuing hiring plan for the synthesis team
  • Lead lab setup and expansion and internal chemistry R&D activities
Responsibilities and Deliverables
  • Lead our expanding chemistry team and assist in the management of materials R&D subcontractors. The Lead Scientist will work alongside other members of the Products team to drive the selection of molecules and chemistries to be employed, and the evaluation of chemistry and property testing results. This will include oversight of research activities and directions, reporting, and may include participation in outreach to potential industrial customers.
  • Lead the opening of our new chemical synthesis and purification's lab, and the ongoing expansion of our synthesis team. The Senior Scientist will engage with current chemistry and facilities staff in lab setup, safety procedures, and initiation of use of this lab. This work will also include overseeing (and conducting) polymer and small molecule organic synthesis, as well as ongoing planning for expansion of our labs in the future, and will include hiring and managing junior staff.
  • Develop new project ideas in order to address new product opportunities. This work will involve identifying and building relationships between molecule structure and materials properties. The Lead Scientist will work both independently and with team members to find and extract information from scientific literature and patents to expand existing, and drive new, materials development efforts.
Qualifications and Experience

We are looking for candidates with the following credentials:
  • PhD in Synthetic or Polymer Chemistry (or related field), with emphasis in Organic Synthesis and 10 years post graduate industrial experience in polymer synthesis, organic synthesis and chemical characterization.
  • Broad knowledge in polymer chemistry, characterization and property analysis
  • Background in organic chemistry and small molecule analytics
  • Experience in application testing a plus
  • Experience building and managing a technical team
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong technical writing skills
Our facility is located in the San Francisco bay area.
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